like there has never been a time when so many people appear to
be deceivers, and so many people are deceived. The
Bible tells us in 2nd
Timothy 3:13, "Evil men and impostors will grow
worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." God
understands deception and how it works in all its forms, and nothing
about our society has taken God by surprise.
God wants His children you and me to understand
deception, to know when someone is trying to deceive us, and to
know if we have become deceived in some area. There are many scriptures
on the topic.
Truth is the most powerful weapon on earth. Men and women who
are evil fear the truth. Proverbs
21:15 (NAS) says, "The execution of justice is
joy for the righteous, but is terror to the workers of iniquity."
Governments have toppled, wars have been won or lost, and living
souls have gone into eternal Heaven
simply over whether the truth was known.
of the unique characteristics of deception is that people are
immediately cured of deception the moment they discover they have
the "disease". When you discover you have been deceived,
you no longer are deceived! Don't you wish every disease was cured
simply by discovering you had it?
is that most Christians don't realize how often they have been
deceived. The Bible has many warnings on the topic because
it is such a frequent possibility. We receive communication daily
from neighbors, people on the job, salesmen, the media, and politicians.
The opportunities to be deceived are almost endless. The following
are a few of the scriptures addressing this issue of deception:
heed that no one deceives you." Mark
those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their
own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the
hearts of the simple." Rom.
no one deceive himself." 1st
not be deceived." 1st
if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceives himself." Galatians
not be deceived." Galatians
there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers,
especially those of the circumcision." Titus
be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
anyone among you thinks he is religious ... but deceives his own
heart, this one's religion is useless." James
know about you, but these scriptures were pretty sobering when
I first began studying the topic. In the early 1980's, I was trying
to be led by the Holy Spirit and wanting to know the right thing
to do when the Lord began showing me about deception. The study
process eventually produced a six tape teaching series called,
How to be Led by the Spirit. I am offering you the fourth tape
in the series which is titled, How to Discern and Overcome
teaching tape, I discuss:
common symptoms of being deceived, The two primary ways people
bring deception onto themselves, and eight steps to cure and prevent
to offer this tape to you on overcoming deception at no charge.
In the day we live in, one single teaching tape like this could
spare a person untold expense, harm, and heartache. Learning these
principles might not guarantee you never make mistakes
because we are all human. But wouldn't you like to make fewer
mistakes, and avoid being deceived? This has special value with
Y2K and a new millennium.
is what our ministry is all about bringing the truth to
everyone that wants to know more. And as the truth sets us free
in more and more ways (spiritually, emotionally, in our health,
relationships, finances, career, etc.) we will have a better life,
we will be able to do more of God's will, and we will be a better
witness for Him.
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I plan to publish our first six books in about the next
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be Led by the Spirit series. The editing is 95% finished, and
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